Power “With great power comes great responsibility”. Now, I know that's a bit cheesy. But in this modern day with those in power invoking fear and exploiting the desperate for their own selfish gain, it’s all the more true. Take for instance, Creon from the playwright Antigone who threatens anyone who dared to bury Polyneices. This shows that through fear Creon was able to manipulate those around him to do what he wanted. This also shows how such a great deterrent fear is for people in power to use. This just goes to show if you give a person too much power they're bound to abuse it. Likewise, those in power also frequently target the weak and desperate since they are easy prey. For example, Harvey Weinstein who used his position of power
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Fighting power in Antigone and A Raisin In The Sun “Power concedes nothing without demand. ”- Frederick Douglass. Meaning the people in power will never pay attention to anything that isn’t pushed upon and demanded by the people. Throughout history people have fought for their beliefs and even have given up their lives for their beliefs.
In Antigone, there was two brothers who shared being the King and one of the brothers, Polynices, wanted to start a war with the kingdom because he wanted to be the main ruler. Polynices and his brother Eteocles fight and they both end up killing each other. Their Uncle Creon, who takes position as King when they are both killed, decides that only Eteocles will have a proper burial and Polynices will be left to rot. Antigone, Polynices and Eteocles sister, thinks that Creon’s decision is unfair and takes upon herself to give Polynices a proper burial. When their other sister Ismene finds out, she is stuck between helping her sister bury their brother and following Creon’s demands.
George Orwell’s novel, 1984 and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, both share fear as a common theme. Fear as a tool can control, change, and force people to do things that do not seem acceptable, such as make people turn on others, become violent, and forgo their belief system. Fear can be used in many different ways, such as controlling a population of people to gain power or wealth. In The Time Machine, a group of people called the Eloi, had direct power over another group called the Morlocks. In 1984, one small group of people called the “brother hood” had complete control of society.
How violence is applied in Antigone According to Foster, violence is one of the most personal and intimate acts between humans, and can also apply cultural and social implications in literature. Foster also points out that literature that has violence within it, may be seen as a metaphor. All of this can be seen and established in Sophocles tragedy, Antigone. Throughout Antigone, we see many different elements of literature that Foster establishes in his book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, however, none is seen more than violence. Foster states in chapter thirteen of his book that, “violence has to have some sort of meaning beyond the mere mayhem.”
The search for justice is never ending. Justice may be delayed, denied, or postponed, however, the search is timeless. To be just is to argue for fair rights for all. It is to be someone that will help the people of the community. However, many times justice is not sought and not given to those who need it most.
Jaanvi Shah Mr. Eyre English 9 March, 2015 Literary Analysis of Antigone John Foster says, “pride comes before fall.” As the action of the Sophocles 's Antigone unfolds, it is clear that the protagonist Creon has all the six characteristics of a tragic hero. Teiresias interactions with Creon help to demonstrate three of those typical traits: Creon’s noble stature, his tragic flaw of having pride and arrogance, and his free choice that makes his downfall his own fault. Creon, the King of Thebes, accords with Aristotle’s theory of a tragic hero beginning as powerful distinguished and important person.
Spreading Fear to Maintain Power Arthur Miller's The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts; a town that is soon to be plagued with dark times. When accusations are made that girls of the town are performing witchcraft, everyone is thrown into mass hysteria. With total chaos, some of the members see this as an opportunity to seize control of the situation. These individuals establish and maintain this power through spreading terror and fear over the majority. This is done by threatening other characters, using their unjust credibility and abusing authoritative positions.
In the Greek tragedy Antigone, Creon is the best example of “unshakable will power” through his efforts to punish Antigone for her attempt to defy the state law. In the story, Creon punishes Antigone for burying her brother Polyneices, whom Creon specifically made a law about, stating that no one shall propose a proper burial for him. Instead of thinking about the situation logically, Creon’s arrogance and ignorance takes over, causing him to be the one at fault by the end of the tragedy. Creon exhibits unshakable will power throughout the story through his abuse of power as a leader and through his determination to kill Antigone. One way that Creon displays unshakable will power is through is arrogance and ignorance as a leader.
In many communities, some individuals strive for change, while others try to maintain the power structure as it is. In Sophocles’ Antigone, the plot is driven by the conflict between Antigone who wants to bury her brother, Polyneices, but King Creon doesn’t want him to be buried. Antigone goes against Creon’s orders and attempts to bury her brother, so Creon sentences her to death. As the play progresses, it becomes clear that the characters are trying to either change their role in the community or maintain it. This conflict contributes to a major role in the play where an individual who chooses whether to change or or maintain the power structure.
Power is present in all role of the story and the character who symbolises it is Créon. But power of goods are omnipresent as well, represented by Antigone, and there is a confrontation between both of them. Following examples of passages of the book are presented to evince the presence of the authority and power in the play. Starting from the beginning, even if is not represented in the play, the first power conflict was between two brothers. Polynice betrayed his brother Eteocle when he did not want to cede the throne of Tebas, they died fighting each other and Creón became king of Tebas.
People have many different reactions when given power. The reaction is usually either one where they use power for a greater good and to guide others in a better situation, or they can misuse the power given and take advantage of the circumstances or others to make themselves feel even more dominant and in command. In the play, Antigone by Sophocles one of the main characters , King Creon, abuses his power to take superiority of others and in an attempt to gain control. The misuse of power is more frequent than the use of power for the favorable, even in many current events.
Aryaman Gulati December 16, 2014 World Studies Final Exam Argumentative Essay “Power Tends To Corrupt; Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.” Ruthless Tyrants. Fictional Characters. Normal People. Power is seen everywhere and witnessed by everyone.